India’s AJK Cable Networks deployed the Envivio Muse headend system for its new MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) multi-screen video service, dubbed Reena TV, and it claims to be the first cable operator in country to use a single headend to serve the full range of display devices, including set-top boxes, connected TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones. Operating in the Pondicherry region, Reena TV is targeting more than 200,000 customers for digital service…ZTE Corporation signed a packet switched core network (CN) deal with KPN Group Belgium, which will use the CN gear to support unified radio access…Japan’s NTT DoCoMo now is using a suite of interoperability testing tools for IMS services made by 4G LTE real-time client software provider Ecrio. The Test Kit includes a test server supporting SMS, VoLTE and RCS as well as test tools for analyzing and debugging SIP/IMS protocols, routing of media and signaling packets. It also includes Ecrio’s FlexIMS-based mobile client…Finland-based spectrum-sharing developer Fairspectrum Oy cut over a geolocation database in the communication system it says implements Europe’s first TV White Space geolocation database radio license. The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (Ficora) issued a one-year test radio license for cognitive radio devices on the TV white-space frequencies for Turku University of Applied Sciences, covering the 470 MHz-790 MHz frequency range and a 40 km x 40 km area surrounding Turku, Finland. The geolocation database controls TV white-space device frequencies and transmission power so that the devices don’t interfere other wireless systems like terrestrial TV or radio microphones. The issued license will be used in the WISE project; the WISE consortium consists of Nokia, Digita, Fairspectrum, Ficora, Turku University of Applied Sciences, University of Turku and Aalto University.

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